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Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

Mexican, b. 1936
Mexican, b. 1936

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, Surrealist and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is best known for his Hand chair — a functional sculpture that is an icon of design-as-art.

Friedeberg was born in Florence to German parents and moved with his mother to Mexico at the outset of World War II. As a university student in Mexico City in the 1950s, he initially studied architecture, but his designs for fantastical buildings ran afoul of his rationalist, Bauhaus-oriented teachers. By chance, his drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born Dadaist painter and sculptor. He encouraged Friedeberg and made him a protégé. Friedeberg credits his mentor for instilling in him a fanatical attention to detail in his work. Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961, and has since created numerous iterations. He has also made several variants using other human limbs in different functional forms such as tables and clocks.

While Friedeberg’s sculptural pieces have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings are something entirely different. He employs deep perspective to create hypnotic, painstakingly rendered canvases that suggest rooms and cityscapes. Whatever the medium, Friedeberg’s work is arresting and instantly recognizable. The Hand chair, though familiar, remains a captivating piece — both furniture and artwork — that stands apart in any interior. Examples are often priced between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on formal variations (such as a foot-shaped pedestal), material and condition. Smaller functional items such as tabletop clocks bring about $9,000. His paintings and drawings require space; they are meant to be contemplated. Prices on original examples start at about $30,000; prints generally sell in the region of $900.

As you will see on 1stDibs, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

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SILLA DE GOBERNATE CUADRO (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Wood sculpture with gold color trim. Hand signed and numbered on the underside by the artist. PA (artist proof) edition. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Artwork is in e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Wood

Pair of Hand Chairs in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

SILLA POLICROMADA (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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2010s Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Bronze

Niño Plata con Trombo
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg surrealist sculpture. One-of-a-kind piece. Signed by the artist.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Silver, Gold Leaf

Miniature gold hand sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg gold hand sculpture. Gold leaf over carved wood. Signed by the artist. Please inquire for additional sizes.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

FRUTERO TRIPIE (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Wood

BANCA ZIGURATICA NINIVESCA DE 3 PLAZAS (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Wood

Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair. Gold leaf, Ink and acrylic over wood. Signed by the artist. Includes certificate of authenticity.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Avioneta Angelical
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg original sculpture "Avioneta Angelical". Signed by the artist. Includes certificate of authenticity.
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Wood

SILLA DE REGLA TRIANGULO (SCULPTURE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Wood

Dog on Wheels with Windmill
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg sculpture. Signed by the artist.
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21st Century and Contemporary Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Hand Chair in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Gold Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs sculpture.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

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Previously Available Items
Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs sculpture.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

Pair of Hand Chairs in black
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
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1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Gold Leaf

  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
  • Pair of Hand Chairs in black
H 35.44 in. W 18.12 in. D 19.69 in.
SILLA DE PIE Y MANO (LARGE)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Aventura, FL
Carved wood sculpture. Engraved artist signature on the underside. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Please do not hesitate to ask us any further questions. All reasonable ...
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1970s Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Wood

Gold Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Pedro Friedeberg Gold Hand Chair. Gold leaf over wood. Signed inside the base. Includes certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Available as part of a matching set.
Category

1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Gold Hand Chair
  • Gold Hand Chair
  • Gold Hand Chair
  • Gold Hand Chair
H 35.44 in. W 18.12 in. D 19.69 in.
Hands (surrealist Mexican artist sculpture)
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Hudson, NY
PEDRO FRIEDEBERG (b. 1937): HANDS Three wood with gold paint, two signed 'Pedro Freideberg' on the bottom, one signed with initials 'PF' on a label on the bottom. Moon 8 1/2 x 2 x ...
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Miniature gold hand sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg gold hand sculpture. Gold leaf over carved wood. Signed by the artist. Please inquire for additional sizes.
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Gold Leaf

  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
H 6.89 in. W 4.34 in. D 6.3 in.
Miniature gold hand sculpture
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg gold hand sculpture. Gold leaf over carved wood. Signed by the artist. Please inquire for additional sizes.
Category

1960s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
  • Miniature gold hand sculpture
H 12.21 in. W 4.73 in. D 9.45 in.
Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs 13.5" in Silver Leaf
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Original Pedro Friedeberg Hand Sculpture with Two Thumbs sculpture.
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2010s Surrealist Pedro Friedeberg Sculptures

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Silver

Pedro Friedeberg sculptures for sale on 1stDibs

Find wide variety of authentic Pedro Friedeberg sculptures available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also search for art by Pedro Friedeberg in wood, metal, gold leaf and more by medium. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Surrealist style. Not every interior allows for large Pedro Friedeberg sculptures, so small editions measuring 3.3499999046325684 inches across are available. Customers interested in this artist might also find the work of Miguel Ortiz Berrocal, Sergio Bustamante and Calvin Ma. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $2,450 and tops out at $45,000, while the average work can sell for $3,750. .